A journey that takes you through Vietnam's famed Mekong Delta from Saigon to Chau Doc (gateway to Cambodia), home to endless rice fields, tranquil village life and a beguiling mix of cultures.
Highlights include: Breakfast cruise to the photogenic Cai Rang Floating Market, rowing through the incredible submerged forest at Tra Su, scenic lunch on Sam Mountain with views stretching into Cambodia, and more.
Journey name: Ultimate Mekong Delta Experience
Destinations: Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, Chau Doc
Journey duration: 4 days - 3 nights
Price: from $559
ITINERARY BY DAY
Day 1: Saigon - Cai Be Princess - Can Tho
Morning departure from Saigon by private car for a 2 hr drive southwest to Cai Be, gateway to the Mekong Delta. The friendly crew of the Cai Be Princess welcomes you on board the luxury sampan with a chilled towel and refreshing drink as you begin cruising the local waterways.
Observe as life unfolds on the river banks, an ever-changing kaleidoscope of peaceful landscapes and industrious river folk, while enjoying a cup of hot tea and fresh fruit from the Delta, Vietnam’s “Rice Bowl”.
The morning’s shore excursions include a row boat trip at Tan Phong Islet to explore its narrow canals and hidden mangroves, a visit to a 19th-century home to admire Indochinese architecture and stops at local workshops turning out treats like coconut candy and puffed rice (the local equivalent of popcorn).
Disembark at Le Longanier Restaurant for lunch at this exquisite colonial-style villa set in a lush tropical garden by the river, an elegant throwback to life during Indochinese times. The beautifully presented set lunch showcases some of the wonderfully unique products of the Mekong Delta. After lunch, drive 1.5 hrs to Can Tho, the largest city in the Delta.
Overnight at Victoria Can Tho Resort, a graceful, colonial-inspired hotel set on the banks of the Hau River, a tributary of the mighty Mekong. You have the late afternoon and evening free to enjoy a 30-minute complimentary spa treatment at the resort, lounge about the two swimming pools, walk the riverside gardens or take a complimentary shuttle boat to explore the nearby city centre.
Day 2: Can Tho - Morning Cruise - Chau Doc
Begin the day with a scenic early morning breakfast cruise to the famed Cai Rang Floating Market. Arriving at the market’s peak, you will see dozens of colourful boats laden with fresh produce from all over the Delta. Note the long poles with produce hung on top advertising the products on offer.
After some time to view the market from several different vantage points, you will slowly cruise back to the resort taking in scenes of stilt homes, women doing laundry in the river and children playing on its banks. Go ashore for a closer view of rural life, including stops at a small noodle workshop and a tropical fruit orchard.
After lunch, drive 3 hrs to Victoria Chau Doc Hotel, just minutes from the Cambodian border. Set next to Chau Doc’s river walk, a pedestrian-only area where families come out to watch the river and where children play pick-up football games, the Victoria Chau Doc Hotel features 92 wood-floored rooms, most offering spectacular views of the Hau River.
Each room combines the elegance of traditional Vietnamese handicrafts and colonial Old World charm, accented with bright, locally-produced textiles. Enjoy the late afternoon and evening at your leisure, perhaps walking to the busy Chau Doc Market to see the many products from the Delta on display.
Day 3: Chau Doc - Tra Su Forest
After breakfast at the hotel featuring several specialties of the Mekong Delta including “bun ca”, a rice noodle soup made with local fish, the morning is yours to relax or to explore Chau Doc. This fascinating multi-cultural border town is home to colourful temples and mosques reflecting the area’s Vietnamese, Chinese, Cham and Khmer communities.
At noon, make the short drive to Victoria Nui Sam Lodge for a private lunch in the gazebo overlooking the plains below with spectacular, uninterrupted views stretching into neighboring Cambodia. Nui Sam (Sam Mountain) is a famous pilgrimage site known for its many hilltop pagodas and temples.
In the afternoon, visit an ethnic Khmer village to learn about the role of Buddhism in the community with the opportunity to speak with monks at the local monastery. Continue 20 km to the enchanted Tra Su Forest, an 850 ha eco-reserve which is home to more than 100 species of water birds.
Traveling by sampan along the picturesque waterways is truly an unforgettable experience as you cruise by submerged forests on a living carpet of water plants.
Victoria Can Tho Resort
Victoria Chau Doc Hotel
Day 4: Departure
After a hearty buffet breakfast, prepare for your onward travels, either continuing to Phnom Penh, Cambodia by Victoria Speed Boat or arranging transportation back through the Delta to Ho Chi Minh City.
- Staying at Victoria hotels throughout the journey
- Meals as indicated in the itinerary
- All excursions as mentioned in itinerary
- Private transfer from Ho Chi Minh City to Chau Doc and during excursions
- Excellent English-speaking guide
- Victoria Passport: a quick and easy pass which allows guests to check in only one time, and skip all the time-consuming check-in and check-out process at each Victoria property.
- Special 15% off voucher applicable towards all services at Victoria including meals (not listed in the itinerary), drinks and spa.
- Flexible check-in, check-out time and room upgrade (upon availability).
*Note: this price is based on minimum 2 persons travelling.
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Standard + 1 dinner at each Victoria hotel
Standard + 1 dinner at each Victoria hotel
+30 min foot massage at each Victoria hotel
+60 min couple massage at each Victoria hotel
+15% discount on in-house services
+15% discount on in house services
+15% discount on in house